Meredith C. Swartwout, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
Fossil Oceanic Specimen
This incredible tooth belongs to a prehistoric Megalodon shark. Like other sharks, Megalodon shed their teeth throughout their life and replaced them, meaning that there are a lot of fossil shark teeth still out there to find. Unlike our extant, or living, sharks today, though, their teeth were massive! Using their fossilized teeth, scientists estimate that Megalodon may have been the largest predator on Earth by weight, and they were approximately 2-3x bigger than our largest living shark today, the Great White shark .
University of Arkansas Museum
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marine animal, paleontology, fossils, sharks, extinct